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Ms. Dennis

Heidi Dennis

General Manager, Pelican Grand Beach Resort

As General Manager of Pelican Grand Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, FL, Heidi Dennis is responsible for managing the resort's day-to-day success, overseeing all operational aspects for the boutique resort including everything from sales and marketing, to food and beverage, as well as budget while maximizing revenue and maintaining focus on strategic goals.

Ms. Dennis brings more than 34 years of experience as a client service professional having worked within the food & beverage, hospitality, broadcast and public service sectors spanning across the United States, the Pacific Islands and throughout Southeast Asia. Prior to Pelican Grand Beach Resort, she was the General Manager at the Atlantic Hotel & Spa in Fort Lauderdale and prior, held several different roles with Hyatt, Sheraton and Marriott franchises, as well as other independent properties, including assistant general manager, front office manager, rooms manager and F&B director.

In addition to her hospitality leadership within the United States, Ms. Dennis has held esteemed positions internationally. On the tropical Pacific Island of Saipan, she served as the Chairman of the American Red Cross for the Mariana Islands, General Manager of the largest radio station, as well as the on-air personality for her own morning radio show. She helped the development and operation of several golf resorts in Vietnam and has also served as Events Chair for the American Chamber of Commerce in Ho Chi Minh City. During her time with the American Chamber of Commerce she facilitated charitable efforts of American donors including Federal Express, PepsiCo, Heart to Heart Foundation, Eli Lilly and Bank of America.

Please visit http://pelicanbeach.com for more information.

Ms. Dennis can be contacted at 954-568-9431 or hdennis@pelicanbeach.com

Coming up in May 2019...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Corporate Social Responsibility

The hotel industry has undertaken a long-term effort to build more responsible and socially conscious businesses. What began with small efforts to reduce waste - such as paperless checkouts and refillable soap dispensers - has evolved into an international movement toward implementing sustainable development practices. In addition to establishing themselves as good corporate citizens, adopting eco-friendly practices is sound business for hotels. According to a recent report from Deloitte, 95% of business travelers believe the hotel industry should be undertaking “green” initiatives, and Millennials are twice as likely to support brands with strong management of environmental and social issues. Given these conclusions, hotels are continuing to innovate in the areas of environmental sustainability. For example, one leading hotel chain has designed special elevators that collect kinetic energy from the moving lift and in the process, they have reduced their energy consumption by 50%  over conventional elevators. Also, they installed an advanced air conditioning system which employs a magnetic mechanical system that makes them more energy efficient. Other hotels are installing Intelligent Building Systems which monitor and control temperatures in rooms, common areas and swimming pools, as well as ventilation and cold water systems. Some hotels are installing Electric Vehicle charging stations, planting rooftop gardens, implementing stringent recycling programs, and insisting on the use of biodegradable materials. Another trend is the creation of Green Teams within a hotel's operation that are tasked to implement earth-friendly practices and manage budgets for green projects. Some hotels have even gone so far as to curtail or eliminate room service, believing that keeping the kitchen open 24/7 isn't terribly sustainable. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.